Consider platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment if you have an underlying foot problem, like plantar fasciitis, a neuroma, or peripheral neuropathy. At Southwest Foot & Ankle Center, podiatrist Petrina Lewis, DPM, FACFAS, uses minimally invasive PRP treatment to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and encourage the body’s natural healing process. To make an appointment, click the online booking feature or call the office in Scottsdale, Arizona, today.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is an outpatient procedure that uses natural growth factors to promote healing and recovery. Specifically, it uses a platelet-rich solution derived from your own blood, aiming to mitigate pain, reduce inflammation, and enhance your mobility.
At Southwest Foot & Ankle Center, Dr. Lewis uses PRP treatment to address various issues that affect the feet and ankles, including:
You might also benefit from PRP treatment if you run, play sports, or work a physically demanding job.
At Southwest Foot & Ankle Center, Dr. Lewis performs PRP treatment during a brief outpatient procedure.
First, she draws a sample of blood from a vein in your arm and puts it into a machine called a centrifuge. The centrifuge spins around rapidly, separating your platelets –– growth factors that promote healing –– from the rest of your blood.
When the machine finishes, Dr. Lewis transfers the platelet-rich solution to a syringe. Then, she administers a series of injections into the part of your foot experiencing problems. For example, if you have plantar fasciitis, Dr. Lewis injects the PRP solution into your heel, ankle, and arch of your foot.
Once the PRP enters your body, it increases blood flow to the treatment site, mitigating inflammation, allaying pain, and speeding up your recovery.
The number of PRP treatments you need depends on various factors, including the underlying issue and the severity of your symptoms. Dr. Lewis typically recommends a series of 3-4 sessions spaced over 4-6 weeks.
How quickly PRP treatment works depends on the problem treated and your commitment to Dr. Lewis’ care plan. Some people experience relief after just one or two visits, but it typically takes a month or more. That’s because PRP is a cumulative treatment, meaning the benefits add up over time.
PRP treatment is safe and presents few risks. Since the solution comes from your own blood, you don’t have to worry about infection or other complications.
To explore the benefits of PRP treatment, make an appointment at Southwest Foot & Ankle Center by calling the office or booking online today.